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New PPI launched

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals has launched omeprazole powder for oral suspension.

Medicines reconciliation 'prevents hospital readmission'

Medicines reconciliation could become an essential service in the 2020-21 community pharmacy contractual framework.

Signs of success with MenB vaccination programme

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has resulted in a significant decline in cases.

More tariff changes on the way?

A consultation on medicines reimbursement could see further tightening of price controls in the specials market, but the timetable is uncertain...

NHS Scotland to commission Hemlibra for haemophilia A

NHS Scotland has decided to commission Hemlibra for patients with severe congenital haemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors.

Prescribing rates of vitamin D high for children

Prescribing rates of high doses of vitamin D are at an all-time high for British children.

UK leads Europe in early clinical research, but faces challenges …

The UK leads on early stage clinical trials but falls behind Germany and the US when it comes to later-stage research.

Benzodiazepines prescribed more in deprived areas, study confirms

Researchers found prescribing rates were 45 per cent higher in the most deprived populations compared to the least.

Tackling prescribed medicine dependence and withdrawal

Community pharmacists need to be part of the solution for the millions of people across the UK grappling with prescription drug dependence and withdrawal.

Antidepressants may cut stroke risk

Antidepressants may reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke, Neurology reports.

Worries for brain health in low choline levels

Plant-based vegan diets are thought to contribute to an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health.

Print health warnings on every cigarette, say Scottish researchers

Printing Health warnings on individual cigarettes could help reduce smoking, suggests research.

HRT linked to higher risk of breast cancer

Women who use HRT are being urged to discuss its risks and benefits at their next routine appointment.

NICE approves cluster headaches device

A handheld device that delivers a small electric current has been recommended in draft guidance by NICE.

Great expectations

Public Health England is urging commissioners to recognise the untapped potential of community pharmacy when it comes to sexual health services.

Pharmacist advice helps prostate cancer patients study finds

Advice from pharmacists on increasing physical activity can improve the cardiovascular health of men with prostate cancer, study finds

Briefing: a novel approach to treating depression

Could a headset that delivers transcranial direct-current stimulation be the next big thing in treating depression?

Flu jabs in community pharmacies boost overall uptake

Offering flu immunisation in community pharmacies increased the number of people in Wales who received the jab, report finds.

Alprazolam misuse highlighted in young

Young people are especially likely to misuse alprazolam resulting in short-term toxicity and long-term dependence, research finds.

Statins linked to lower dementia risk

Statins have been connected to reducing the risk of death in dementia patients, according to research presented at the EAN Congress.

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